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Stories for March 21, 2013

Investigators Seek Link Between Texas Car Chase, Colorado Shooting

March 21
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Earlier this week, we told you about the head of Colorado's Department of Corrections who was shot and killed after answering the front door of his home.

Navy: Sailor Dies After Gunshot On San Diego Ship

March 21
AP / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Navy says a sailor has died at a hospital after being discovered with a gunshot wound aboard a San Diego-based ship.

Colorado Governor Signs Civil Unions Into Law

March 21
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Gay couples in Colorado can soon enter into civil unions.

Restarting San Onofre Isn't Cost Effective, New Study Suggests

March 21
By Alison St John
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San Onofre may be offline for another summer, and a new analysis suggests this will be cheaper than restarting the plant.

Man Freed after Two Decades In New York Prison; Doubt Cast On Murder Conviction

March 21
Wright Bryan / NPR
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With those words from a judge in a New York court on Thursday, David Ranta was released from custody after serving 23 years in prison for a killing that authorities now doubt he carried out.

Environmentalists, Drillers Reach 'Truce' For Fracking Standards

March 21
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

A group of environmentalists and drilling companies has crafted a truce of sorts over the rapid spread of natural gas production in the Appalachian Basin. Four major drilling companies and several environmental groups have agreed on 15 voluntary standards for cleaner drilling practices.

Rewritten Water Bond To Include Less Money For Storage

March 21
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says lawmakers plan to rewrite the $11 billion water bond for the November 2014 ballot – and the new version will likely have less money for storage projects such as dams.

Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts?

March 21
Maria Godoy / NPR
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Tucked inside a short-term funding measure that Congress approved Thursday is a provision that critics are denouncing as a "Monsanto Protection Act."

Region Will Have Adequate Power Without San Onofre

March 21
By KPBS
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With the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station still shuttered, Southern California could face some challenges this summer in meeting the region’s power-supply needs.

On Gun Ownership And Policy, 'A Country Of Chasms'

March 21
Melissa Block / NPR
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The ideological gulf between gun owners and non-gun owners is a wide one -- made all the more obvious by the ongoing debate over what, if any, gun control measures should be adopted in the U.S.

NRA-Driven Gun Provisions Pass Along With Spending Bill

March 21
Tamara Keith / NPR
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The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a temporary measure to keep the government funded through the end of September. Government shutdown averted.

Judge's Ruling On Officials' Private Emails, Texts Could Be Far-Reaching

March 21
By Amita Sharma
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A Santa Clara County judge has ordered officials in San Jose to make public their private emails and text messages about city business.

At 'Stop-And-Frisk' Trial, Cops Describe Quota-Driven NYPD

March 21
Margot Adler / NPR
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Police officers testifying at a federal trial challenging New York City's stop-and-frisk policy say they were ordered to increase their number of arrests, summons and 250s -- the code for stop, question and frisk.

CPUC Denies Two 'Peaker' Power Plants In San Diego County

March 21
By City News Service
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The California Public Utilities Commission today authorized San Diego Gas & Electric to purchase energy from the re-powered Escondido Energy Center, but denied the utility from procuring power from two proposed plants, slated for areas in Otay Mesa and near the San Diego-Santee city limits.

Colorado Doctors Treating Gunshot Victims Differ On Gun Politics

March 21
Eric Whitney / NPR
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In Colorado, more people die from gunshots than car crashes. And that has a profound effect on the people on the front lines who treat gunshot victims.

When Should Politicians' Life Experience Determine Policy?

March 21
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I have been thinking about Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage

March 21
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The tiny dynamo asking the U.S. Supreme Court to turn the world upside down looks nothing like a fearless pioneer. At age 83, Edith Windsor dresses in classic, tailored clothes, usually with a long string of pearls, and she sports a well-coiffed, shoulder-length flip. She looks, for all the world, like a proper New York City lady.

Little Kids Know How To Share, But Don't Want To

March 21
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Small children aren't great at sharing, as any parent or preschool teacher knows. But little kids get cut a lot of slack on the presumption that they don't know any better.

Camp Pendleton To Commemorate Iwo Jima Landing With 21-Gun Salute (Video)

March 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton artillery units will fire a ceremonial 21-gun salute on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the landings on Iwo Jima during World War II.

Minimum Wage Increase Could Be Bittersweet For Latinos

March 21
By David Martin Davies

One in five Latinos earns minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While a higher minimum wage means more income for their families, it may also stifle job creation.

Judge Backs Mayor Filner In Blocking San Diego Tourism Marketing District

March 21
City News Service
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Demands by San Diego's Tourism Marketing District to require Mayor Bob Filner to sign an operating agreement that would release administrative funds to the visitor promotions agency were tentatively denied today by a San Diego Superior Court judge.

John Lennon's Bloodied Glasses Used In Plea On Gun Violence

March 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Yoko Ono, the widow of slain Beatle John Lennon, has weighed in on the issue of gun control by tweeting a photo of the blood-spattered eyeglasses worn by the legendary musician when he was fatally shot by a deranged fan more than three decades ago.

USS Freedom Hits Milestone Of Arriving In 7th Fleet

March 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based littoral combat ship USS Freedom arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility this week, where began its eight-month deployment in Southeast Asia.

Ben Hueso Sworn In To State Senate

March 21
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democrats have regained their supermajority in the Senate after the chamber's newest member was sworn in.

House OKs Bill To Keep Government Funded Through September

March 21
Wright Bryan / NPR

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that avoids a federal shutdown and keeps the government open through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which winds up Sept. 30. The Senate approved the same measure Wednesday, so the bill now goes to the president for his signature.

You Be The Judge: Is The Housing Market Really Improving?

March 21
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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This week, optimists had no trouble finding fresh evidence to suggest that the housing market is recovering.

Senate Does U-Turn On Tuition Assistance Reinstatement

March 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Just days after scrapping an amendment that would've reinstated military Tuition Assistance programs, the Senate has approved a measure to restart enrollment for the programs.

Spring May Have Sprung, But Most Gardens Are Still Slumbering

March 21
Nancy Shute / NPR
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For vegetable lovers, the start of spring can be a cruel tease, hinting of a feast of just-picked peas and spinach and beets, but delivering instead tired iceberg and romaine shipped from distant climes.

Pediatricians Voice Support For Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption

March 21
Scott Hensley / NPR
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Now children's doctors say it's time for same-sex marriage to be the law of the land.

Military Releases Names Of 7 Marines Killed In Explosion (Video)

March 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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The military has released the names of the seven Marines killed on Monday night in a training accident. The youngest was 19, the oldest just 26.

San Diego County Schools Get Meningitis Warning

March 21
Associated Press

San Diego County schools are being urged to watch out for signs of meningitis following an outbreak in nearby Tijuana, Mexico that's killed six people.

Transit Cop Quits Over Security Concerns

March 21
By Brad Racino
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Security guards who patrol San Diego’s train stations and trolleys say their concerns about safety are being ignored by their employer.

Adam And Krystyna: Hospice Under Scrutiny

March 21
Midday Edition
By Joanne Faryon
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San Diego Hospice kept Krystyna Saling in care for six years, and then discharged her in November. She has end stage Alzheimer's.

CIA Drone Operations Could Be Handed To Pentagon

March 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The responsibility for counterterrorism operations involving unmanned drones could soon begin shifting from the CIA to the Pentagon as part of Obama administration efforts to mollify critics who say the program lacks transparency, NPR's Tom Gjelten.

'Hands On A Hardbody' Opens On Broadway

March 21
By Angela Carone
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The play “Hands on a Hardbody” was born at the La Jolla Playhouse. Tonight it opens on Broadway. But the musical about a Texas endurance contest to win a truck has gone through some changes.

Timeline: Gay Marriage In Law, Pop Culture And The Courts

March 21
NPR Staff / NPR
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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on two cases dealing with gay marriage, here's a look at how the debate has touched American life over the past four decades:

As Gay Marriage Heads To Court, A Look Back At The Bumpy Ride

March 21
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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Gays and lesbians have adopted the phrase "it gets better" as a kind of slogan to assure young people that life won't always be so tough.

Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'

March 21
Quil Lawrence, Marisa Peñaloza
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Myla Haider took a roundabout route to becoming an agent in the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, or CID. Wars kept interrupting her training.